The Last Beautiful Bouquet

I was hoping that freezing temperatures would hold off until November 1.  I don’t know why, but to me it makes more sense to end the growing season on November 1 instead of mid-October.  But such is life and seasons in the mid-west.  And with frost last week and a freeze warning for tonight, it is time to say good-bye and thank you to the beautiful flowers.

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This summer has been filled with so many new and exciting experiences.  Our little flower garden has been a huge success.  I am thrilled beyond belief and have already starting planning the flower gardens for next year.

We have received so many wonderful comments and compliments on the flowers and just as many on the flower cart.  It is the cutest thing I have ever seen, if I do say so myself!  The flower cart was designed and built by my talented husband Murray with the help of our son Ryan.

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Grocery Cart

When I was a young girl growing up in rural Central Illinois, the neighborhood grocery store was at the center of our community.  It was so much more and much bigger than the actual square footage of the building.  The Alta Grocery was a place where area residents purchased staples to survive – bread, milk, and meat.  It was the gathering place where all the business of the community was discussed.  It also housed the post office.  Our address was Box 31, Alta, Illinois – no zip code.  You could also catch the Greyhound bus from Alta to Peoria.  My sister Pam and I rode the bus many times to meet our grandmother in Peoria.

Several years ago, I was at an auction and was very lucky to purchase an old grocery cart from the Alta Grocery.


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